Nursery Rhymes

My Country 'tis of Thee

My Country 'tis of Thee Lyrics and Music

The uplifting words and lyrics of this glorious Patriotic song begin with "My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty" as the first line of the hymn. The famous song is also known by the title of "America". The lyrics of the song were written by its American author, Samuel Francis Smith who was born on October 21, 1808 and died on November 16, 1895. The wonderful music that accompanies the stirring words of the "America" song was composed by Henry Carey.  The composer of the music to the "My Country 'tis of Thee" song, Henry Carey, was born on 26 August 1687 and died on 5 October 1743. We have placed "My Country 'tis of Thee" in the category of Patriotic Songs. Enjoy the loyal lyrics of this famous, inspirational song.

My Country 'tis of Thee Hymn
Title: My Country 'tis of Thee *** Name of Composer: Henry Carey *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Samuel Francis Smith *** Hymns Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns

History of My Country 'tis of Thee
The history of this highly patriotic song reflects the loyalty and patriotism of Samuel Francis Smith whose aim was to create a national anthem or national hymn for the United States of America. His level of inspiration was such that he wrote the words in just 30 minutes. The first verses remind Americans of the history and the beautiful, varied country of America and its aim to create a "Sweet land of liberty" which invokes national pride. The final verse is a petition to God for His continued protection of the United States of America and for its freedom.

Author of the Lyrics of My Country 'tis of Thee
The patriot and author of the words of the "My Country 'tis of Thee" lyrics, Samuel Francis Smith (October 21, 1808-November 16, 1895), was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and achieved fame as an American Baptist minister and hymnist.

Composer of Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "My Country 'tis of Thee", Henry Carey (26 August 1687-5 October 1743), was born in London, England and became famous as a hymnist, poet, singer and musician.

My Country 'tis of Thee Lyrics

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture fills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father's God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!

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Information about this Patriotic Song
Title of Hymn / Patriotic Song: My Country 'tis of Thee, also known as "America".
Author of Lyrics: Samuel Francis Smith (October 21, 1808 to November 16, 1895)
Nationality of Author: American

Name of Composer of Music: Henry Carey (26 August 1687 to 5 October 1743)
Hymn Category: Patriotic Songs and Hymns
First Line of Hymn: "My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty"
First Publication Date: 1831

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